A rare and beautifully presented oval dialled longcase clock by Samuel Thorpe of Abberley (Worcestershire), dating from c.1810.
The rich mahogany case has quarter veneered door, trunk and base with fine flame veneers to the door and base panel and with contrasting stringing throughout, a feature of many clocks of the Regency period.
The hood has a swan neck pediment with flower paterae, the door with a double band of stringing to frame the oval dial. The hood pilars are very unusual, having a carved maypole effect. They have brass caps and bases.
The arched trunk door is flanked with fully round knopped pillars in the recessed corners .
The base has canted corners and a circular panel frames in marquetry stringing, and is raised on an apron plinth.
The highly unusual oval dial is beautifully painted showing Britannia both with a lion, and with an anchor. It has a rolling moon disk, the moons alternating with naval scenes. The dial centre has subsidiary seconds and date dials, vertical Arabic numerals within an outer minute track and is discreetly signed for the maker.
Original matching delicate fretted heart-shaped polished brass hands.
Eight day rack striking movement with deadbeat escapement, striking on a bell.
Substantial iron rod pendulum with a large decorative iron bob.
Samuel Thorpe was born in Madeley, Shropshire in 1765, and Free in 1786 when he set up in business in Abberley. He is well-known for his turret clocks, and indeed spinning wheels. He died in Abberley in 1838. He is know to have been master o at least two apprentices - Thomas Smith and Samuel Dowen.
In his book Clockmakers & Watchmakers of Central England
, Joseph McKenna states that "there were some truly outstanding country clockmakers, and Samuel Thorp was such a clockmaker."
Height 95 inches (241cms)
To be overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years.
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